In the T20 World Cup 2022, the Sri Lankan team did not have a good start and had to face defeat by 55 runs in the very first match at the hands of a team like Namibia. Before the start of the match, hardly anyone would have thought that Sri Lanka would lose this match, but the Namibian players made it all possible with their performance. After the humiliating defeat, the road ahead for Sri Lanka has become difficult and they are also in danger of being out of the tournament.
How will Sri Lanka reach Super-12 now?
The Sri Lankan team now has to face the UAE on 18 October and the Netherlands on 20 October. Netherlands won the first match against UAE. In such a situation, if the Netherlands team defeats Sri Lanka, then it will make it to the Super-12. The easy equation for Sri Lanka to go into the Super-12 is to win both their next matches. If Sri Lanka now loses even a single match, then it will have to depend on the results of the rest of the teams. At present, the net run-rate of Sri Lanka is also in the negative (-2.750).
…then Sri Lanka will be able to win such titles
If Sri Lanka reaches the Super-12, then they will have to play five matches in this stage because there will be two groups of six teams in the Super-12. If Sri Lanka wins four matches in the Super-12 stage, then only it will be able to reach the semi-finals. Although the path to the semi-finals can be decided by winning three matches, but in such a situation the net-run rate and the results of the other teams will matter. In the event of reaching the semi-finals, Sri Lanka can win the trophy by winning two matches. However, at the moment all this looks impossible and if Sri Lanka wins the title then it will be considered nothing less than a miracle.
Sri Lanka can learn from Asia Cup
You remember that in the recently held Asia Cup 2022 also the situation of Sri Lanka was more or less similar. After taking eight wickets in the group match against Afghanistan, Sri Lanka were spirited and their access to the Super-Four was in jeopardy. But after that match, there was such a change in the game of Sri Lankan team that it became Asia Cup champion. First he got Bangladesh out of the tournament. She then managed to qualify for the finals by winning all three matches in the Super-four. Sri Lanka had no answer in the final as well and won the title by defeating Pakistan by 23 runs.
Such is the format of the tournament
A total of 16 teams are going to participate in the T20 World Cup 2022. Out of these sixteen teams, 8 directly qualified for the Super12 stage, while the remaining 4 teams will secure their place by winning the qualification round (Round-1). That is, only 12 teams will be left after the qualification round. The qualification round matches are going to be held from October 16 to 21. The teams of Sri Lanka, UAE, Netherlands and Namibia are in Group-A of the qualification round. Ireland, Scotland, Zimbabwe and West Indies have got a place in Group B.
In Round 1 of T20 World Cup 2022, the top team of Group A and the second placed team in Group B will go to Group 1 of the Super 12 stage. At the same time, the team that tops Group-B and the second-ranked team in Group-A will go to Group-2 of the Super 12 stage. The qualifying round matches are to be played in Hobart and Geelong. England, Australia, New Zealand and Afghanistan are in Group A of the Super 12 stage. Whereas India, Pakistan, South Africa and Bangladesh are in Group B.
Schedule for the remaining qualifying matches (Indian Time)
October 17 West Indies vs Scotland, Hobart, 9.30 am
17 October Zimbabwe vs Ireland, Hobart, 1.30 pm
18 October Namibia vs Netherlands, Geelong, 9.30 am
October 18 Sri Lanka vs UAE, Geelong, 1.30 pm
19 October Scotland vs Ireland Hobart 9.30 am
October 19 West Indies vs Zimbabwe, Hobart, 1.30 pm
October 20 Netherlands vs Sri Lanka, Geelong, 9.30 am
October 20 Namibia vs UAE, Geelong, 1.30 pm
21 October Ireland vs West Indies, Hobart, 9.30 am
21 October Scotland vs Zimbabwe, Hobart, 1.30 pm